Chic Chat: Anelle Gandelman of A-List Interiors

ANELLE GANDELMAN kitchen and dining nook with lantern

ANELLE GANDELMAN – A-LIST INTERIORS

From Parsons to DwellStudio, Sotheby’s to A-List Interiors, talented interior designer (and savvy businesswoman) Anelle Gandelman has been on the fast-track to success since immigrating to the US at age 17. Read on to find out about her inspirational journey, why travel sparks her creativity and her biggest challenge as a designer


1. How did you get started as a designer?

I did not take a direct path in becoming an interior designer. I was an artistic child, constantly painting and drawing, but I always knew I wouldn’t be happy as a fine artist and wanted a career that combined creativity with aspects of business. After high school I entered Parsons School of Design, thinking I wanted to be an art director at an advertising agency. However, while at Parsons I landed an internship with DwellStudio, a home furnishings brand founded by Christiane Lemieux, while it was in its start-up phase. I ended up working there for a few years after graduation, designing textiles, developing furnishings, and falling in love with all things home. I received an incredible hands-on education in both design and the running of a small business during my time there, but left DwellStudio to pursue a graduate program at Sotheby’s. While at Sotheby’s I developed my knowledge of antiques and contemporary art which led me to open an art gallery, representing emerging artists, in 2007. When the economic crisis of 2008 hit though, art sales became more difficult and I started providing in-home art consultations. These art consultations quickly morphed into interior design consultations which in turn developed into larger interior design projects and in 2012 I founded A-List Interiors.

 

2.Where do you get your inspiration?

It sounds a bit cliche, but my biggest inspiration is travel. I think it’s so important to leave my comfort zone and see things from other people’s perspective. I believe the more I see, the more trained my eye becomes at picking up on details and nuances that elevate the design of a room. Books and images are great but they can’t replace actually experiencing a space, whether that’s a luxury boutique hotel or a period room in an historic house.  

 

3. Do you have a favorite project to date? Or a favorite type of project that tends to be your favorite?

My favorite type of project is a large scale renovation or new build where we are involved from start to finish. It’s very fulfilling to take a home all the way from just a set of plans to a fully furnished turn key space, down to the last coffee table book. 

 

4.What is the biggest challenge you face as a designer?

The lack of standard business practices within the interior design industry and educating potential clients, who have never worked with an interior designer before, in what we do and the value of our services. This can be especially tricky, when furniture stores offer “free interior design services” and e-design platforms advertise low cost design packages.

 

5. What do you consider your biggest accomplishment to date? 

My biggest accomplishment to date is immigrating to the US from South Africa at 17 years old. That single decision set a completely new course for my life and made so many things possible, including the opportunity to grow the business I have today. 

6.Are there any designers that particularly inspire you?

I am inspired by Thomas Pheasant – his projects span a wide range of styles, from traditional to very contemporary, but they always feel classic and timeless. He has a way of creating rooms that are filled with beautiful details, yet they are never overstuffed and feel carefully edited which aligns with my own philosophy towards design. I also love the work of Parisian designers, Jean-Louis Denoit and Joseph Dirand. They both have such a strong point of view and I admire their ability to mix styles.

 

7. Go-to paint color?

Benjamin Moore China White

 

Ebooks or hardbacks?

Hardbacks

 

M&Ms or Skittles?

M&M’s

 

Coffee or tea?

Coffee

 

ANELLE GANDELMAN kitchen with lanterns over island

 

ANELLE GANDELMAN white kitchen

 

ANELLE GANDELMAN living room

 

ANELLE GANDELMAN wet bar

 

Check back tomorrow for more of Gandelman’s good taste and a super chic farmhouse tour

Thanks so much for spending your summer with Design Chic. We always love seeing you here!

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In Good Taste: Jean Stoffer Design

In Good Taste: Jean Stoffer Design kitchen - Stoffer Photography Interiors

Good morning, chic readers! We hope your Tuesday is off to a terrific start. If not, all of that is about to change! Chic, sophisticated interiors with just the right amount of personality are hallmarks of this talented designer’s style. Take a break, take a peek, and let us know which space of Jean Stoffer Design is your favorite!

In Good Taste: Jean Stoffer Design kitchen - Stoffer Photography Interiors - espresso machine

 

In Good Taste: Jean Stoffer Design kitchen - Stoffer Photography Interiors

 

In Good Taste: Jean Stoffer Design kitchen - Stoffer Photography Interiors

 

In Good Taste: Jean Stoffer Design kitchen - Stoffer Photography Interiors

 

In Good Taste: Jean Stoffer Design kitchen - Stoffer Photography Interiors

 

In Good Taste: Jean Stoffer Design kitchen - Stoffer Photography Interiors

 

In Good Taste: Jean Stoffer Design paneled living room with library lights - Stoffer Photography Interiors

 

In Good Taste: Jean Stoffer Design mud room - Stoffer Photography Interiors

 

Stoffer Photography Interiors

 

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Looking for the perfect weekend read?  I would love it if you would pick up Feels Like Falling!

 

VISIT OUR INSTAGRAMAND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE ,  2018 HERE AND 2019 HERE!

 

 

In Good Taste: Kate Marker Interiors

 Kate Marker Interiors entry with oriental rug
Emily Kennedy Photography

 

Happy In Good Taste day, friends! You know how we love featuring new designers each week–and we are so excited to showcase designs by Kate Marker Interiors today!

 

 Kate Marker Interiors hallway
Grand Traditions Home Builders | Stoffer Photography

 

A crisp, clean, soothing interior color palette has to be one of our favorite hallmarks of design, and Marker creates that in droves. 

 

 Kate Marker Interiors kitchen with brass hardware
Emily Kennedy Photography

 

She pulls off glamour with aplomb, 

 

 Kate Marker Interiors kitchen
Emily Kennedy Photography

 

But there’s also something slightly bohemian about Marker’s designs that creates her signature style so well.

 

 Kate Marker Interiors kitchen
Margaret Rajic Photography

 

A pop of wood (and some chicly offbeat holiday decor) in the kitchen, 

 

 Kate Marker Interiors bathroom
Hammerkraft Builder | Moment Architecture | Stoffer Photography

 

Bathrooms that mix the old and new, the laid back and the luxe,

 

 Kate Marker Interiors dining room with beams and slipcovered chairs
Hammerkraft Builder | Moment Architecture | Stoffer Photography

 

And living spaces that are at once casual and sophisticated, 

 

 Kate Marker Interiors gate
Stoffer Photography

 

Round out Marker’s distinctive style.

 

 Kate Marker Interiors laundry room
Emily Kennedy Photography

 

Even the laundry room has her seal on it.

 

 Kate Marker Interiors stocking the bar
Margaret Rajic Photography

 

A mix of elegance, whimsy and rustic charm combines to create a show-stopping bar,

 

 Kate Marker Interiors butler's pantry
Hammerkraft Builder | Moment Architecture | Stoffer Photography

 

And even the butler’s pantry is photo ready.

 

 Kate Marker Interiors mudroom
Margaret Ragic Photography

 

When the mudroom is this stylish, we know what lies beyond the back door is going to be fabulous! We hope you’ve loved the good taste of Kate Marker as much as we have!

 

What Your Favorite Influencers are Saying About Feels Like Falling:

feels like falling Kristy Woodson Harvey
Photo via Kristie in Carolina

Kristie in Carolina Says:

It’s safe to say, this book is my favorite one yet from Kristy!

Feels Like Falling is a southern, summertime story that follows two strong characters, Gray and Diana, who are almost total opposites in personality and in their stages of life.

Gray heads to the North Carolina coast for the summer to try to find herself after the recent loss of her mother and separation from her husband. Meanwhile, Diana has broken up with her boyfriend, lost her job, and finds herself out on the streets.

Feels Like Falling follows both Gray and Diana over the course of their summer and tells the story of strong women, unexpected friendships, and how both life and love have a way of working out.

This is definitely a book you’re going to want to add to your summer reading list! I am really hoping that Kristy decides to make this book in to a series!

Thanks so much, Kristie! Feels Like Falling is available for preorder now and officially releases April 28, 2020, wherever books are sold!

 

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In Good Taste: Read McKendree Photography

Chancey Boothby chic and timeless kitchen design - kitchen Read McKendree Photography
Chauncey Boothby
 

Every detail can be perfect.

 
Read McKendree Photography - chic and timeless kitchen design Colleen Bashaw Interiors kitchen
Colleen Bashaw
 

The colors can pop.

 
Read McKendree Photography - chic dining room in blue and white Ashley Whittaker Design dining room with roman shades and lantern
Ashley Whittaker
 

The design scheme can be beyond stunning. 

 
Read McKendree Photography - Lisa Tharp chic blue and white living room
Lisa Tharp
 

But in the hands of the wrong photographer, the entire scheme can fall flat. 

 
Read McKendree Photography - layered dining room with shiplap
Meredith Ellis
 

That’s why we were so excited to be introduced to the gorgeous photography of Read McKendree, who captures some of today’s most accomplished designers’ work in all its inspirational glory. 

 
Read McKendree Photography - Katie Rosenfeld kitchen with blue cabinets
Katie Rosenfeld
 

Unique angles,

 
Read McKendree Photography - Meredith Ellis design banquette
Meredith Ellis
 

Perfect light,

 
Read McKendree Photography - Lisa Tharp chic and refined living room
Lisa Tharp
 

And stunning clarity are just a few of the hallmarks of this photographer’s gorgeous work. 

 
Read McKendree Photography - refined banquette McGrath II
McGrath II
 

From a chic vignette

 
Read McKendree Photography - Workshop/APD kitchen with wood ceiling
Workshop/APD
 

To a stunning kitchen, Read McKendree Photography captures each detail with a discerning eye. That’s why we think his work (like that of the designers he captures!) is always in good taste. 

 

Read McKendree Photography

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More About Feels Like Falling…

From “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand) and the bestselling author of the Peachtree Bluff series comes an odd couple tale of friendship that asks just how much our past choices define our happiness. 

It’s summertime on the North Carolina coast and the livin’ is easy.

Unless, that is, you’ve just lost your mother to cancer, your sister to her evangelical husband, and your husband to his executive assistant. Meet Gray Howard. Right when Gray could use a serious infusion of good karma in her life, she inadvertently gets a stranger fired from her job at the local pharmacy.

Diana Harrington’s summer isn’t off to the greatest start either: Hours before losing her job, she broke up with her boyfriend and moved out of their shared house with only a busted Impala for a bed. Lucky for her, Gray has an empty guest house and a very guilty conscience.

With Gray’s kindness, Diana’s tide begins to turn, but when the one that got away comes back, every secret from her past seems to resurface all at once. And, as Gray begins to blaze a new trail, she discovers, with Diana’s help, that what she envisioned as her perfect life may not be what she wants at all.

In her warmest, wittiest, and wisest novel yet, Kristy Woodson Harvey delivers a discerning portrait of modern womanhood through two vastly different lenses. Feels Like Falling is a beach bag essential for Harvey fans—and for a new generation of readers.

Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support and friendship and book love. I am so grateful for YOU each and every day!

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10 Ways to Add Style to Your Kitchen

deVOL Kitchens

 

When it comes to kitchens, we spend a lot of time thinking about the usual things. White or stainless appliances? Wood or white cabinets? Wood or tile floors? Beyond the basics, there are so many ways to make the heart of the home warm, welcoming and absolutely you. Take a peek at a few of our favorite ways to add style to the kitchen!

1. Beautiful beams. Beams instantly lend a rustic feel, interest on the ceiling and, we think, an overall cozy feeling!

 

Whittney Parkinson Design

 

2. Add an arch. In the kitchen, the little things are everything. Arches are one of our favorite architectural details that create instant charm.

Jean Stoffer Design

 

3.  Lend a personal touch with luxurious kitchenware. From china to silverware, serving trays to accessories, kitchenware is a fabulous way to express yourself in the heart of the home.

Jean Stoffer Design

 

4. Use a pot rack. Not only is a pot rack a convenient way to free up cabinet space, but it also looks fabulous.

kitchen pendants with style
Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath

 

5. Install statement lighting. A splash of color or a fun metallic can become an instant focal point in a kitchen.

 

deVOL kitchens

 

6. Accent with natural stone. Natural stone is a beautiful touch in a kitchen. This honed marble is absolutely stunning!

deVOL Kitchens

 

7. Hang your favorite art. In the land of appliances and cookware, art may not be a top priority but a well-placed piece or two adds tons of personality!

Whittney Parkinson Design

 

8. Display serveware with glass front cabinets. Glass front cabinets feel light, open and airy and are a great way to display favorite service pieces, china, wine glasses or family silver.

 

deVOL kitchens

 

9. Paint cabinets a signature color. In a world where neutral cabinets are the norm, painting cabinets a statement color is a way to instantly set your kitchen apart.

Whittney Parkinson Design

 

10. Make a splash with your range hood. From a simple microwave vent to something truly spectacular, there are so many ways to vent your kitchen. A unique, beautiful range hood like this one adds so much impact.

 

What is your favorite way to add style to your kitchen? Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day!

 

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

 

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Fashions for Holiday Parties

Gifts for Her

Gifts for Him

Gifts for Kids

Gifts for the Traveler

 

Gifts Under $50

Gifts for Hostess

Gifts for the Home

Gifts of Beauty

 

 

 

Great news, Kindle readers! Slightly South of Simple is now available on Kindle Unlimited. If you haven’t started my Peachtree Bluff Series, now is the perfect time 🍑 And, oh my goodness, thank you to all who have downloaded! Slightly South is 

still #1 in Southern Fiction.

The Huffington Post said of Slightly South: “Writers come and writers go, but Kristy Woodson Harvey is here to stay. The warmth, wit, and wisdom of this novel pave her way into the exclusive sisterhood of southern writers.” I’d love it if you checked it out!

 

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In Good Taste: Amber Interiors

Amber Interiors living roomGood morning, chic readers! We hope your Tuesday is off to a terrific start. If not, all of that is about to change! Chic, clean interiors with just the right amount of personality are hallmarks of this talented designer’s style. Take a break, take a peek, and let us know which space of Amber Interiors Design Studio is your favorite!

Amber Interiors living room

 

Amber interiors window seat

 

Amber Interiors kitchen

 

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Amber Interiors dining room

 

dining room

 

 

Amer Interiors attic bedroom

 

amber interiors playroom

 

amber interiors bathroom

 

Amber Interiors bathroom
Tessa Neustadt Photography

Thanks so much for stopping by Design Chic. We love seeing you!

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My new novel, The Southern Side of Paradise, releases May 7, 2019! While you’re waiting, catch up on the series with this great sale at Barnes & Noble!

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Also, don’t forget… 

Preorder my new novel THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE, Book 3 in the Peachtree Bluff Series and be Automatically Entered in the Peachtree Bluff Takeover Giveaway!

THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE is available for pre-order now from your local bookstore, IndieboundAmazon and Barnes & Noble.  

 

June 1, 2019 Peachtree Bluff will be “taking over” Beaufort, NC, the town on which it was based. Every single person who preorders between now now and will be registered to win:

*Two tickets to the Peachtree Bluff Town Takeover and Tour–on Beaufort’s signature double decker red buses!

*Two tickets to the farm-to-table dinner and launch party under the stars at the Beaufort Historic Site

*Two nights lodging in Beaufort, NC

Just send an email with proof of purchase to [email protected] to enter!

Here’s What’s Next from the Murphy Women:

From internationally bestselling author and “rising star of Southern fiction” (Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author) Kristy Woodson Harvey comes the third novel in her Peachtree Bluff series, in which a secret threatens the tight-knit bond between a trio of sisters and their mother.

With the man of her dreams back in her life and all three of her daughters happy, Ansley Murphy should be content. But she can’t help but feel like it’s all a little too good to be true.

Meanwhile, youngest daughter and actress Emerson, who is recently engaged and has just landed the role of a lifetime, seemingly has the world by the tail. Only, something she can’t quite put her finger on is worrying her—and it has nothing to do with her recent health scare.

When two new women arrive in Peachtree Bluff—one who has the potential to wreck Ansley’s happiness and one who could tear Emerson’s world apart—everything is put in perspective. And after secrets that were never meant to be told come to light, the powerful bond between the Murphy sisters and their mother comes crumbling down, testing their devotion to each other and forcing them to evaluate the meaning of family.

With Kristy Woodson Harvey’s signature charm, wit, and heart, The Southern Side of Paradise is another masterful Peachtree Bluff novel that proves she is a “Southern writer with staying power” (Booklist).

Preorder from your local bookstore or Indiebound!

Preorder from Amazon

Preorder from Barnes & Noble

 

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House Tour: Hám Interior Design

If you loved the good taste of Hám Interior Design in yesterday’s post as much as we did, then this house tour is sure to be a treat. 

A mix of shiplap, fine architectural details, black and white flooring with updated finishes, this is a home that is at once livable and stylish. 

A chic reading nook in a beautiful office is a perfect unique touch that makes this home feel cozy as can be,

And an updated kitchen with touches of old world charm combine effortlessly,

The right blend of form, function and whimsy.

An easy, calming color palette lends an instant serene vibe from the entrance hall to the dining room and beyond.  

 

And what we perhaps love the most about this home is the splashes of the unexpected–like the bold art in this bathroom–that sets this place apart from all the rest. 

Pops of color keep it just light enough, 

While a pretty mix of details add character in every space. 

A place for everything is the icing on the cake! 

We hope you’ve loved this British getaway from Hám Interior Design just as much as we have! 

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REFRESH YOUR HOME

 


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Great news, Kindle readers! Slightly South of Simple is now available on Kindle Unlimited. If you haven’t started my Peachtree Bluff Series, now is the perfect time 🍑 And, oh my goodness, thank you to all who have downloaded! Slightly South is 

still #1 in Southern Fiction.

The Huffington Post said of Slightly South: “Writers come and writers go, but Kristy Woodson Harvey is here to stay. The warmth, wit, and wisdom of this novel pave her way into the exclusive sisterhood of southern writers.” I’d love it if you checked it out!

 

FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAMAND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE AND TOP TEN POSTS OF 2018 HERE.

Designer Amy Berry’s Table-Setting Tips and More

 

 

Designer Amy Berry’s Table-Setting Tips

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Serena & Lily bedroom

 

Beautiful Bed Dressed in White Linen for Summer 

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The Perfect Accessories for Your Summer Outfit

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These are this Summer’s Best Books According to:

The Charlotte Observer and The Raleigh News and Observer

Beach Reads and Romance

“The Secret to Southern Charm” by Kristy Woodson Harvey (Gallery Books, April 2018)

North Carolina native and New York Times bestseller author Kristy Woodson Harvey returns with a sequel to her beloved Peachtree Bluff series. Military wife Sloane Murphy is forced to deal with her husband missing in action as she tries to take care of her young children. Harvey, a UNC-Chapel Hill alum, infuses plenty of women power in this story of juggling the highs and lows of life.

A BIG THANK YOU TO THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER AND RALEIGH NEWS AND OBSERVER FOR CHOOSING 

THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM AS “ONE OF THIS SUMMER’S BEST BOOKS”!

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The Secret to Southern Charm Events

July 11: Coral Bay Club Book Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private event

July 17: Ladies Day Luncheon at Dunes Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private event

July 18: Blue Cross Blue Shield Event, Palmetto Bluff, SC, private event

July 28: Country Club of the Crystal Coast Author Dinner, Pine Knoll Shores, NC, 5 pm, Open to the Public, $19.95 and includes dinner

July 31: Quarter Moon Books, Topsail Beach, NC, 6-8 pm, Kristy Woodson Harvey and Amy Reichert in Conversation, Wine and Cheese Provided, free and open to the public

August 3: Cocktails and Conversation at The Cloister, 5-6 pm, 100 Cloister Dr, Sea Island, GA, open to the public

September 13: Chapel Hill, NC Event, Details TBA

September 21: Cashiers, NC Library Event, Details TBA

September 21: Chattooga Club Speakers Bureau Event, Cashiers, NC, Details TBA

October 3: Houston, TX Women’s Club Breakfast, 7 am

October 4: Pink Ribbon Project Luncheon and Purse Auction, 11 am-1 pm, Wilmington Convention Center, Wilmington, NC

October 11-14: Poppy Con 2018, Tall Poppy Writers Retreat, Chicago, IL, private event

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